BISMARCK, N.D. — Attorneys in the case of a deputy U.S. marshal accused of peeping on girls and women in Bismarck store dressing rooms are arguing over how to handle information pertaining to the alleged victims.
Michael Rivera is accused of using a cellphone camera to record under the doors of changing rooms at department stores. He faces 21 sex crime charges, including a dozen felonies, and is scheduled for trial in one case in late November and in others in mid-January.
Prosecutor Julie Lawyer doesn’t want to provide Rivera’s defense with names and contact information of the girls and women unless she is assured that copies won’t be provided to Rivera. Protection orders are in place for the alleged victims, she said, and she also worries that Rivera might share the list with others.
“I can’t tell you the number of cases I’ve had where people send it to everybody and their brother,” she told The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2dk5y3t ).
Defense attorney Lloyd Suhr called Lawyer’s concerns “purely speculative” and said she was trying “to micromanage communication between counsel and client.” He’s asking a judge to force Lawyer to hand over the information.
“We’re entitled under the rules to all of the evidence that the state has,” he said.
South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner has not yet ruled on Suhr’s request or on a motion by Lawyer to combine Rivera’s two scheduled trials.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com